CALVIN ARSENIA • BYRNE & KELLY • CARSWELL & HOPE • CORNER BOY • MARIA THE MEXICAN
DANNY BURNS • ASHLEY DAVIS BAND • JULIA HAILE • SHANE HENNESSY • HI-LUX • IRELAND IN MUSIC
SEAMUS KELLEHER • MACA • MUNDY • OSCAR BLUE • QUIXOTIC CIRQUE NOUVEAU
For Maria the Mexican's Maria Cuevas, it’s not about her…then again, it is. Maria's inspiration for music comes from her grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, a pioneer in Mariachi who in the 70s founded Mariachi Estrella, one of the first all-female Mariachi bands in the US.
Today, Maria Cuevas is a vocalist and guitarist playing acoustic, electric and traditional Mexican stringed instruments. Her band, Maria the Mexican, is a blend of Mexicana/Americana/indie blues rock/funk/soul fusion - a true hybrid of Mexican folklore and rock ’n roll delivered in both English and Spanish.
On stage, there is an amalgam of traditional Mexican and American rock instrumentation – drums, bass, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, traditional Mexican stringed instruments, pedal steel guitar, congas and percussion, trumpet, keyboards...a passionate delivery of American roots music forms dosed with traditional Mexican harmonic and rhythmic influences alongside traditional Mexican music – Mariachi, Cumbia and more. The repertoire comes to life with original music – from incendiary love songs to social and political commentary – written and arranged in collaborations between Maria and Garrett Nordstrom and penned in both English and Spanish.
"Maria Cuevas honors her Mariachi pioneer grandmother through her music, while incorporating the Americana, Blues, Rock and Soul of her midwestern roots. It’s a heady fusion all her own that demands your attention."
-Jon Hart, KTBG 90.9 The Bridge